V5C | The Vehicle Registration Certificate

V5C | The Vehicle Registration Certificate

The Vehicle Registration Certificate or V5C is the DVLA document that registers your vehicle. A V5C is required when any vehicle is built, bought, rebuilt, altered or imported. This page goes over the necessary steps required when selling or scrapping your car, as well as the structure of the V5C itself. The document is also sometimes referred to as a ‘Logbook’.

V5C Document Header

V5C | What To Do When Selling A Car As Salvage

When you scrap a car, the procedure is very straight forward. All you have to do is complete section 9, including the motor traders’ signature, and send it off to the DVLA immediately.

When our collection agent comes to collect the vehicle, they will go over the documentation with you, as well as sign section 9 on the motor traders’ behalf.

V5C | What To Do When Scrapping A Car

When you scrap a car, the process is exactly the same. Fill out section 9 and send it off to the DVLA. The collection agent will sign it on behalf of the authorised treatment facility that will be recycling your vehicle.

Important note: Despite common misconception, a Certificate of Destruction is not required when scrapping a car. The ATF must produce a COD for the DVLA but it is not a legal requirement for you to have a copy of this. This is because returning the section 9 will transfer the ownership to the authorised treatment facility, which means you are no longer liable for the vehicle legally.

Ordering A Replacement V5C

If you need to order a new replacement V5C, it will incur a fee of £25 and you will have two options:

  1. If you were the registered keeper on the original v5C (the certificate that you are now replacing), you can contact the DVLA by phone. It will take up to five days for your new registration certificate to arrive if you use this method. Payment can be made via debit or credit card.
  1. If you are not the currently registered keeper, you will be required to complete a V63 vehicle registration certificate application and send it via post. It can take up to six weeks days for your new registration certificate to arrive if you use this method. Payment must be made with an enclosed cheque.

Head over to the .GOV website to order a replacement V5C.

V5C Anatomy

There are various sections that make up the anatomy of the registration document. Here we have provided a detailed overview of both the V5C’s sections and their contents:


Section One: Registered Keeper

Section one of the V5 contains the current registered keeper’s details, including their name, address, and the document reference number (used to identify the document itself).
V5C Section 1


Section Two: The Previous Registered Keeper

Section two of the V5 contains the name and address of the previous keeper, as well as the date they acquired the vehicle and the number of former keepers.
V5C Section 2


Section Three: Special Notes

Section three of the V5 contains any special notes on the vehicle, such as whether the vehicle was declared new at first registration, or whether it has a non-transferable reg mark.
V5C Section 3


Section Four: Vehicle Details

Section four of the V5 contains the vehicles details, as they are presently registered. This includes information pertains to the registration, body, fuel type, engine capacity, emissions, sound level, etc.
V5C Section 4


Section Five: Registered Keeper

Section five of the V5 repeats the current register keeper’s name, address. It also contains the date the current keeper acquired the vehicle.
V5C Section 5


Section Six: New Keeper Details

Section six of the V5 is used for registering a new keeper for the vehicle or updating the current keepers name and/or address. It is also the first section that you can use to submit new information to the DVLA.
V5C Section 6


Section Seven: Changes To Current Vehicle

Section seven of the v5 is used for updating the vehicles current details. You can fill out this form to update the information regarding the body type, weight, cylinder capacity, part numbers, tax class, etc.
V5C Section 7


Section Eight: Declaration

Section eight of the V5 is used to officiate the declared changes. You must sign, date and return this page to the DVLA when notifying any changes to ensure that the document is up to date.
V5C Section 8


Section Nine: Selling Or Transferring Your Vehicle To A Motor Trader, Insure Or Dismantler

Section Nine of the V5 is used when selling the vehicle to a motor trader, insurer or dismantler. Both the new keeper and the current keeper must sign this section. Upon completion, the current keeper must retain section nine and send it to the DVLA. This will make the transfer of ownership official and end the current keepers liability for the vehicle. The rest of the document should be given to the new keeper.
V5C Section 9


Section Ten: New Keeper Details

Section ten of the V5 is filled in by the current keeper when selling the vehicle privately (along with section 6). Section 10 is given the person buying the vehicle and should be kept until the new registration certificate is received. It can also be used to tax the vehicle.
V5C Section 10


Section Eleven: Notification Of Permanent Export

Section eleven of the V5 is used when you are personally exporting the vehicle permanently (for more than 12 months). If you are exporting the vehicle for less than 12 months, head over to www.gov.uk/taking-vehicles-out-of-uk for more information.
V5C Section 11


Section Twelve: What You Need To Know About The V5C

Section twelve of the V5 advises you of the correct procedures required when selling, transferring, or scrapping your vehicle.
V5C Section 12



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